Hello, I joined just so I could ask this question.
(Apologies if I should have added my reply to a 5-year-old topic instead of creating a new one. )
First of all, my pump brand history: I started with an Animas IR … something, hated it because of it’s sirens whenever SOMETHING was empty or whenever I didn’t acknowledge an “alert” in time. And occlusions, oh the very frequent occlusions that led to sirens. LOL
Then I had a Deltec Cozmo, which I know everyone sings the praises of, but it still had… dreadful sirens if I didn’t acknowledge an alert within time. The sirens weren’t quite as embarrassing as the sirens on the Animas, but they still existed. Plus, I had just as many occlusions with the Deltec as I did the Animas. (My father speculated that both pumps had “occlusions” when the plunger was too stiff to be pushed by the motor. After that, I would dedicate 15 solid minutes (no exaggeration) to milking those plungers before putting any insulin in them. It helped, but not much… or maybe the results are clouded in my memory due to already being ticked off with the pumps…)
Now I’m on the Accu-chek Spirit Combo.
Oh, sweet deity, there are no sirens!!! If I don’t acknowledge an “alert”, the beep volume and vibration intensity just escalate. But even at it’s loudest and “mad-est” it’s not anywhere near as embarrassing in public places as either the Deltec or Animas. And occlusions - I’ve only had 3 occlusions in the 3 years I’ve had it – and those were all truly bent cannalas. I chuckle to think that perhaps this Spirit is just not delivering insulin at times due to occlusions and not telling me, LOL, but I’d rather that than want to throw the pump across the room because of sirens every other day. (No, I’m not exaggerating – battery life was HORRID with the pumps using most of their energy for sirens. LOL)
Long story, but it looks like I may be forced to switch away from the Spirit next year when my 4 years are up. The Spirit is the first pump that I … haven’t hated.
Animas: From what I read, the Animas Ping and Vibe both have sirens, still, if alerts are not confirmed, and for empty cartridge/battery.
Omnipod: I also read that the Omnipod has similar sirens for empty cartridge and / or the 3-day limit being reached.
Minimed: I have yet to read anything about wailing, never ending sirens on the latest Minimed, as far the pump functions are concerned. (I refuse to use a CGM for reasons that would start another rant, so I wouldn’t have the CGM inserted / enabled.) However, I have read that the current Minimed pumps have a problem with batteries – in that they either don’t accept brand new batteries as serviceable, or brand new batteries are depleted in hours, with no warning. Is there not a siren when the battery is empty??! That would be awesome, but I can’t believe it.
Could someone who uses a CURRENT version of Animas, Omnipod, and Minimed pump please confirm or deny whether your pump has sirens?
And if you care to, compare the volume and annoyance of those sirens to something else. Thank you for any feedback!